As a journalist I have to be signed up in all the online newsletters I can get from the most well known Newspapers, Magazines, Tv Channels, Radio Stations, Blogs, Websites and all sort of media out there to keep up with the world. That is why I signed up to Forbes Magazine Online´s newsletter. They have great information and great bloggers installments and today I´ve decied to review some of these installments for OSers to know about. They are very enlightening and somewhat promiscuous between right and wrong. Delicious to read, to digest.
Today´s topic for Forbes´ blogger Abigail R. Esman was Islam, Muslims. I read it and found it somewhat, arsonist and powerful. She surfs her installment through the Muslims´ traditions and aspirations in the world. I liked her point of view that is why I had to discuss it with a friend of mine who lives in Canada and here´s what he told me about the subject:
(not edited. Taken from skype´s chat window)
[10:40:20 a.m.] Rob: I just find them, like any religious zealots, a bit out of control
[10:40:32 a.m.] Rob: and expecting a society to bend to their needs is a bit much to ask
[10:40:41 a.m.] Rob: especially when they are a minority
Here´s something interesting. They are a minority all right. But they seem to be everywhere according to this 2009 report on Islamic Population in the World yes, they don´t reach the figure to be scary but they do have the nerve of zillions. That for me is scary enough to want them to cool off and think about some other ways to aproach the world and it´s needs and requirements for globalization.
I´m sure American women are not going to be comfortable if their husbands decide to become muslims and start commanding the use of Burqas that have been banned in France and are not very appealing for women.
I´m also sure that in this part of the world a woman who´s been seen with a man different from her husband will not be stoned to death just because God says she did wrong and I am 100 percent sure we won´t tolerate our children to be told to call Jews "pigs who deserve to die" (I recommend you to watch the video) Then again. It is all just my point of view on the subject. A point of view of a third world inhabitant who does not believe in any Religion, but embraces the Universe as our only Superior Entity for we all belong and are part of only one natural source.
Rob and I continue the discussions and he kept on briefing me on his point of view:
[10:41:04 a.m.] Rob: I'm fine with them practising their religion at home, but don't interfere with my daily life
[10:41:26 a.m.] Rob: I wouldn't do that to them why should they expect me to do that for them
[10:42:10 a.m.] Rob: If your religious beliefs are at odds with the country you're immigrating to, then why are you going to that country?
[10:42:35 a.m.] Rob: arrogance
[10:42:42 a.m.] Rob: pure and simple
Arrogance pure and simple. Are these, so called "zealots", really arrogant in their believes? Are these people who seem to deny the world and its social, culture, sexual, medical, ethical, and religious evolution really arrogant towards what we all believe in, though, our freedom is sometimes an illusion?
What is right and what is wrong about Islam and Muslims? Why in a world like this one and in times like these, people profundly religious keep on believing in such things that cut them off the rest of the world? Do they know this is happening? Do they care at least? Is it a part of their globalization agenda?
[10:44:06 a.m.] Rob: and quite frankly, I live in a secular country, church and state were separated a very long time ago, so please don't use any religious doctrine to try and steer politicial life for me here
[10:53:50 a.m.] Rob: Islam is one of the growing religions in the world
[10:54:30 a.m.] Rob: and one that is presently immigrating everywhere
[10:57:13 a.m.] Rob: however if it is going to survive it will have to do one of two things, either Muslims will have to moderate their opinions or there is going to be civil war
[10:57:50 a.m.] Rob: I'll be back in a few minutes have to go get my clothes from the dryers downstairs
And then... our discussion was put on hold due to the dryer machine and clean underwear. Though Robert takes an interesting realistic and very common position when asked about the Muslims, he, as most people do, tends to respect the Muslims but wants them to do their worshiping as quitely as they can. Not interrupting his day life and do not coming to his neighborhood trying to change, with hostility, the religious map of the world.
Muslims are known for being passionate for their beliefs and Religion. Their way of thinking is in most ways, extreme, and that is why the world fear them so much. But, if they are this minority we all believe they are. Why do they look like so many and why are they so absolutely convinced the world is going to be theirs?What is the secret they know? Should we really be worried?
[11:45:14 a.m.] Rob: regardless of what the world would like to think about Muslims in general, they are neither better nor worse than any religious fanatics, be they Christian, Jew, Hindu, etc.
[11:45:47 a.m.] Rob: They just happen to be the most vocal right now
[11:45:57 a.m.] Mauricio Betancourt: Hum
[11:46:00 a.m.] Mauricio Betancourt: That is right
[11:46:06 a.m.] Rob: They're the "teenagers" of the religious world right now
[11:46:07 a.m.] Mauricio Betancourt: Interesting point
[11:46:14 a.m.] Rob: and we all know what teenagers can be like
And I decided to remember the history books and retrospectivly look at our past. I found Christianity and Catholicism. They too were young doctrins thousands and hundreds of years ago. The naughty teenagers who took advantage of the toddlers religions those days. The teenagers all feared. The ones who murdered millions. The ones who had to murder millions to become the most powerful doctrins in the face of the earth if not the most powerful of all.
Therefore, is this the beginning of the Muslim integration? Are we really granting them the power they claim so desperately?
I had a dream a few years ago. And I saw a person covered from head to feet with a black sheet. I thought then that was a weird black ghost. Now I know it was about Islam. Then, in that dream I was seated in my office writing and saw a huge bright light coming towards me. I got scared. I was mute and frozen. I closed my eyes when the light got me and then nothing.... nothing... I opened my eyes and saw nothing but naked burned soil. There was nothing else there. Nothing.
By Mauricio Betancourt